About Nebulization

Nebulisation during Travel

Living with respiratory disease can often be challenging and overwhelming as it can pose certain restrictions on activities such as travelling. For some patients, using nebulisers while travelling can become cumbersome. Travelling should be done after a check-up, consultation and approval from your doctor. With the availability of portable, sleek and lightweight nebulisers, , travelling can be easier; however, the type of portable nebuliser to buy should be based only on your doctor’s recommendation.

The following tips can help you plan your journey if you have to travel with a nebuliser:
  • Before travelling, check if you have packed all the parts of the nebuliser kit – for example, in case of a jet nebuliser, check whether you have packed the compressor, tubing, medication cup/cap, face mask/mouthpiece and one nebuliser filter.
  • Pack the nebuliser kit in bubble wrap to avoid breakage or damage.
  • If you have been advised to use a portable, lightweight nebuliser, ensure that you carry it safely in a pouch or as per the manufacturer’s storage instructions.
  • Preferably, carry a portable nebuliser that can be plugged into a car’s accessory power outlet or a power bank (depends on the make of the nebuliser).
  • Carry additional batteries for the nebuliser in case of loss or damage.
  • Take an adapter if you are travelling to a different country.
  • Carry enough quantity of all the necessary medicines for nebulisation that have been recommended by your doctor.
  • Keep rescue medicines(inhalers with spacers) handy.
  • During air travel, check whether the airline you will be flying with allows a nebuliser to be carried/used on board.
  • Go for a check-up before travelling to assess your or your patient’s (if you are a caregiver) present condition and adjust the medication dosage, especially in chronic cases.
  • Ensure that you clean and disinfect the nebuliser kit even when you are travelling.

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